This interactive course is led by experts in research, assessment and treatment of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The course trains you to identify clinical features of BDD and accurately differentiate it from other conditions that present in similar ways.

Topics include how to:

  • Assess and enhance motivation for treatment
  • Develop a personalized cognitive behavioral model for patients with BDD
  • Apply cognitive-, behavioral, and acceptance-based skills to treat BDD
  • Manage common pitfalls in treatment, such as poor motivation and depression
  • Apply specific strategies for unique presentations of BDD, such as cosmetic treatment seeking

The course includes video lectures and role-play videos that illustrate techniques. You also find self-assessments, tons of resources, and hundreds of slides with research and treatment data. The course also includes live call-in hours with course faculty and an interactive discussion board.

Course materials are available beginning August 3, 2020 and all course work must be completed by September 11, 2020.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a personalized cognitive behavioral model for patients with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment with patients with BDD
  • Differentiate BDD from other psychiatric disorders with similar presentations
  • Apply cognitive skills to treat common thinking errors in patients with BDD
  • Use behavioral treatment strategies with patients with BDD
  • Integrate acceptance-based skills into CBT for BDD
  • Recognize and address common pitfalls in the treatment of BDD (e.g., low motivation)
  • Utilize empirically-based strategies for managing treatment-interfering behaviors that arise in the treatment of BDD


Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:

  • Activity Overview
  • Video Lecture
  • Reading and Resources (required and optional)
  • Q&A with Faculty
  • Discussion Board
  • Case Assessment

Week 1

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Session Goals:

  • How to diagnose BDD
  • How to differentiate BDD from other psychiatric conditions
  • The clinical features of BDD
  • Broadly how to apply CBT for BDD
  • How and when to include family members in treatment
  • How to enhance motivation for treatment

Week 2

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Session Goals:

  • How to formulate a cognitive behavioral model of BDD that incorporates the patient's idiosyncratic symptoms
  • How to apply cognitive strategies to BDD symptoms
  • How to incorporate mindfulness skills into the treatment

Week 3

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Session Goals:

  • How to collaboratively construct a hierarchy that includes the patient's feared or avoided situations
  • How to design, implement, and trouble-shoot exposure exercises
  • How to utilize ritual prevention within the exposure exercises
  • How to broaden a patient's focus on aspects of their self other than perceived defects via perceptual retraining
  • How to target and modify core beliefs using cognitive strategies

Week 4

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Session Goals:

  • How and when to apply specific strategies to target BDD-related skin picking/hair pulling, weight/shape/muscularity concerns, cosmetic treatment, and depression
  • How to introduce relapse prevention strategies at the end of treatment


  • Director of Translational Research
    OCD and Related Disorders Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Assistant Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry)
    Harvard Medical School
  • Chief of Psychology
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry)
    Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Residents
  • Fellows


All participants: $199

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after August 14, 2020.

Q&A with Faculty

Week Start Date

Date of Q&A

Time of Q&A

Faculty Name

Week 2: 08/10/2020



Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Week 4: 08/24/2020



Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Additional Online Courses

We offer several online courses on cognitive behavioral therapy that complement the course you are currently viewing.

View our online CBT course offerings

CME Information

Release Date:April 6, 2020
Expiration Date:May 15, 2020






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.25AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credits

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 9.25 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 9.25 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved for 9.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D73370-1.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


David H. Rubin, MD,reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Jennifer L. Greenberg, PsyD
Susan E. Sprich, PhD,psychologist reviewer

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ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Jennifer Greenberg, PsyD
Salary support: Telefonica Alpha, Inc. (investigator)

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Honorarium: Tourette Association of America (speaker), Concordia University (speaker), International OCD Foundation (speaker), Brattleboro Retreat (speaker), National Institute of Mental Health (grant reviewer), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (president), Telefonica Alpha, Inc. (PI on funded study)
Royalties: Oxford University Press, New Harbinger Publications, Springer, Guilford
Consulting fee: Elsevier (work done on "Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology"
Professional liability program longevity reward: American Insurance Trust

Susan E. Sprich, PhD
Royalties:Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for co-editing book)

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

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